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Pencil This In: thirtysomething Reunion, Poetry at the Beach House

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The Paley Center celebrates the television show thirtysomething tonight. / Photo by ccharmon via LAist's flickr pool.

The Paley Center celebrates the television show thirtysomething tonight. / Photo by ccharmon via LAist's flickr pool.
If you’re old enough to remember the TV show thirtysomething, then you might be intrested in checking out the reunion for the angst-filled show tonight at 7 pm at the Paley Center. During its four seasons, the show broke new ground for the portrayal for the babyboomers forced to grow up. To commemorate the show and the release of the season 1 DVD, the Paley Center hosts the series’ cast and creative team, including creators Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick and actors Peter Horton and Timothy Busfield, with additional panelists to be announced. Tickets are $20 ($15 for Paley Center members).

Continuing its screening of music-themed films for the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles, the Grammy Museum shows the classic Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison tonight at 7:30 pm. Forty years later, the album is still one of the greatest live albums made, this film is a visual examination of Cash’s historic concert. Cast includes Gene Beley, Jim Brown, John Carter Cash, Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, Merle Haggard and Jimmy Tittle.

If you’re on the Westside like right now, educator Erin Gruwell, author of The Freedom Writers Diary (the Hilary Swank movie), talks about the 10th anniversary of its publication and launches her latest book, Teaching Hope: Stories from the Freedom Writer Teachers and Erin Gruwell. She and some of the teachers involved in the writing of Teaching Hope, along with a number of original Freedom Writers, make their first appearance marking the publication of the new book at 2 pm at the Skirball Cultural Center. A book signing will follow the free program. If you want to take public transportation, it’s Metro Rapid Bus #761. Reservations are requested.

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Red Hen Press presents poetry readings by critically acclaimed poets, David St. John and Jenny Factor, at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica tonight from 6:30-8:30 pm. Admission is free and drinks and light appetizers provided by Back to the Beach.

Legally Blonde The Musical opened at the Pantages Theater last week. If you don’t remember the Reese Witherspoon movie, Elle Woods followers her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School to prove to him that she’s more than a dumb blonde. And in the end, our Elle finds that she is good enough, smart enough and that people really like her. The curtain’s at 8 pm tonight and it runs through Sept. 6. Tickets are $25-$95.

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